Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns) with a dunk vs the Cleveland Cavaliers, 05/04/2021
Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns) with a dunk vs the Cleveland Cavaliers, 05/04/2021
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Zach Plesac came within six outs of ending Cleveland’s 40-year no-hitter drought, keeping the Seattle Mariners hitless into the eighth inning of the Indians’ 4-2 win on Thursday night. The anticipated debuts of Seattle prospects Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert were overshadowed by a masterful pitching performance by Plesac.
Devin Booker made two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining to give the Phoenix Suns a 118-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night. Booker’s winning foul shots were set up when Portland's Robert Covington was fouled and missed both free throws with 4.4 seconds left, giving the Suns one last chance. Booker was fouled by Norman Powell as he went up for a jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining, and Portland's C.J. McCollum missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer to seal Phoenix’s win.
The baseball area round will continue on Friday.
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The next municipal election is less than 18 months away, and preparations are underway for the 2022 vote. This month, Council is poised to endorse a hybrid voting model, one which will once again give eligible Aurora voters a chance to cast their votes for Mayor, Council and Trustee online or in person. But, along with endorsing this model, a reduction in in-person polling stations could be in the offing, a possibility which raised some eyebrows around the General Committee table last week. “Staff are proposing to use internet voting in the advanced voting period, with paper ballot voting being available on specific nights in the advanced period, and as the only option on election day,” said Town Clerk Mike de Rond on his report to Council, noting this will follow much the same pattern as the 2018 municipal election. “While some may have considered the 2018 election to be a transition for the Town going from only a paper ballot in 2014 to full internet voting in 2022, the evidence suggests that the paper ballot is still popular in Aurora with two-thirds of voters choosing that option in 2018. “Should the hybrid method be adopted, the election model will be very close to what residents experienced in 2018. Staff would aim to start the internet voting about 10 days before the election, while simultaneously offering a paper ballot option three to four nights during the week of October 16 – 22, 2022. On election day, staff expect to have between 15 – 20 voting locations in the Town where only a paper ballot will be provided.” Should Council forge ahead with staff’s recommendations, procedures for voting in a situation where the global pandemic is still prevalent are also accounted for. “While staff are hopeful that the current pandemic will not significantly affect the 2022 municipal election, it is important that a plan be in place for the safe casting of votes at polling locations should this pandemic, or any other one, cause the need for safer distance measures than what would normally be in place,” said Mr. De Rond. “Maintaining the secrecy of elections at physical polling locations requires significant space to ensure the voter is making their decision without worrying about being observed, which helps mitigate against physical distancing concerns. The pandemic plan will be focused on lineup control, routing of electors through polling locations and any contingency plans that need to be in place should a lockdown situation be in effect. The foremost concern will be to keep staff at polling locations as well as Town residents safe. Further to this, staff expect internet voting to help mitigate against larger-than-necessary crowds at voting locations.” When the plan came before Council members last week, a number of concerns were addressed. While Councillor John Gallo questioned the fact that staff are recommending a single-source contract to get the job done – in this case, with Dominion Voting Systems – and ensuring systems were in place in the event of a by-election, Councillor Wendy Gaertner focused her questions on ensuring the vote was as accessible as possible. “There is a thought of removing some of the customary polling stations to save a little bit of money,” she said. “You have to keep in mind that the way they are now has really been considered to be accessible…and a lot of people are still going to do in-person voting. I still think it is important to the residents.” Mr. De Rond says analysis hasn’t yet been completed on which polling stations should stay and go, but said that there weren’t “too many lines” in the last municipal election or where there too may complaints. “It’s not that we want to have lines, that’s for certain, but we thought there might be an opportunity to remove some locations,” he said. “We had some that were within a kilometre of each other, sometimes even closer than that. We’re talking between…one in four, probably. Hopefully not as many to cause an impact to the service level.” Brock Weir, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Auroran
DENVER (AP) — Josh Fuentes homered for the second straight game to back seven shutout innings from Chi Chi Gonzalez, and the Colorado Rockies held on for a 13-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. Gonzalez (2-1) scattered four hits in his longest outing of the season. He struck out two, walked one and was pulled after 88 pitches. Jonathan India and pinch-hitter Tyler Stephenson homered late for the Reds, who shaved a 10-0 deficit to 10-8 with eight runs in the eighth. Fuentes hit a two-run shot in the first inning off Luis Castillo, then added an RBI single in Colorado’s five-run fourth and another in the sixth to set a career high with four RBIs. Connor Joe had two hits and three RBIs to help the Rockies open the four-game series with a win. Castillo (1-5), the Reds' opening day starter, allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is 0-4 in his last six starts. Cincinnati rallied in the eighth against Colorado’s bullpen. Stephenson hit a two-run homer, and five straight singles made it 10-5. India, who started the inning with a single, hit a three-run homer to pull the Reds within two. Colorado scored three times in the bottom of the inning, the last on a solo homer by Garrett Hampson. TRAINER’S ROOM Reds: Manager David Bell said RHP Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder) had positive results from a follow-up MRI and he will be able to start throwing soon in Arizona. ... 1B Joey Votto (thumb) has not resumed baseball activities. Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (left shoulder) will have two rehab outings, Saturday and next Thursday, with Triple-A Albuquerque, manager Bud Black said. Freeland will throw 60-70 pitches Saturday. ... Black said INF Brendan Rodgers (hamstring) will start at second base for Albuquerque on Friday. ... SS Trevor Story was given the night off. TWO DOWN Cincinnati lost the game and a couple of players, too. Center fielder Nick Senzel ran into the wall trying to track down Joe’s double in the first inning and left in the third with a bruised left heel. First baseman Mike Moustakas exited in the fifth inning after running into the netting in foul territory in the fourth. He had his finger looked at by the trainer, stayed in for the rest of the inning but was replaced by Alex Blandino in the fifth. BEEN A WHILE Gonzalez's only career complete game came in his second major league start on June 5, 2015, with Texas. UP NEXT Reds LHP Wade Miley (4-2, 2.00 ERA) takes the mound a week after throwing the 17th no-hitter in franchise history. He will face Colorado RHP German Marquez (1-4, 5.49), who has been sharp in two career starts against Cincinnati (2-0, 1.93). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Michael Kelly, The Associated Press
Japanese shares led a rebound in Asian markets on Friday, building on the lead from investors on Wall Street snapping up stocks that would benefit most from an economic revival. The rally interrupted a three-day rout for stocks globally, as market jitters over accelerating U.S. inflation were calmed by Federal Reserve officials reiterating that price pressures from the reopening of the economy would prove transitory. "U.S. equities were up, so there is a bit of relief in Asia," said Frank Benzimra, head of Asia equity strategy at Societe Generale in Hong Kong.
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Omar’s Shoes has been operated by the Khamissa Family for over 51 years. For more than half a century, the popular boutique founded by community-builder Omar Khamissa has been based out of the Aurora Shopping Centre at Yonge and Murray, spurring a second store in East Gwillimbury under the leadership of his son Raz and daughter-in-law Mae. Now, the family is fighting to keep their business in Aurora. This week, the Khamissa family announced they will be closing their flagship location after being unable to resolve issues related to rent relief programs ahead of a new lease. “The financial strain that the COVID pandemic has put us through has been tremendous,” said Raz and Mae in a letter sent out to long-time loyal customers. “Through all of this time, we just kept thinking that we will give it our best to get past this. We have not given up on finding a compromise or maybe another location in Aurora, but only time will tell. We take consolation in knowing that we will continue our business in our location in Newmarket [and] our daughter Saarah will continue our story there. “We would like to thank all of our long-time loyal customers and friends that have supported us over all these years. We have seen three generations of families that have trusted us to look after them. We always felt that if you live in your community they will support you and, in turn, we supported local charities, fundraisers, and sports teams. Aurora has been a wonderful Town to be a part of and we have been proud Aurorans since 1968.” Omar Khamissa emigrated to Canada from South Africa and, before too long, planted roots in his adopted hometown bringing high quality shoes to customers in Aurora and beyond. It was a time when business was sealed with a handshake and word was taken as bond. Although Omar has since passed on, this is a legacy that has been continued by two generations that have followed him. The Khamissas invited The Auroran into their store, which has been closed to the general public due to present health restrictions, last week to share their story – and their sadness that this is a decision they have been forced to make. “We feel after all this time we might be considered a landmark and it is just unfortunate – upsetting, unfortunate, disappointing all at one,” said Raz. “If we find something else, we would love to open back up. If there’s anybody looking, we would love to have them touch base with us.” Raz estimates that over the past 15-or-so months of the global pandemic, they have been closed for over six months. It has been devastating for the business financially, having to continue to pay $25,000 per month for their space. “What has gotten us through this time is curbside. Our customers have been coming to us whether or not they needed the shoes. They have been coming to try and support us to help us get through it. They have been doing it with local restaurants, they have been doing it with local stores, they have been trying to help us independents get through this. When we have been doing curbside fittings, the sentiment has been the same: ‘I hope you can get through this. We love coming to your store. You treat customers so well.’ It gives us great pride to hear that and it kills us to think what is going to happen.” For Mae, the hardest part will be leaving these “phenomenal customers” behind. “They are just incredible people that we have become friends with – that’s what makes us come in every day,” she said. “We have phenomenal staff and the staff have built incredible relationships with customers. “I think of what my father-in-law started here and what this place meant to him,” she said. “He came with nothing in his pocket and started this. In the 80s and 90s people told him, ‘Omar, you have to open up at the mall,’ and he said, ‘I will never leave this plaza. Aurora is my home, you can offer me what you want, but I am never going to leave this place.’ I just remember his words and I remember him telling me, ‘This is my home, these are my people and this is where I am staying. They supported me from Day 1 and I am not leaving.’ “That hurts a hell of a lot because it was his legacy. This is part of not just our family, but all the families over the years that came to us, supported us, and kept on telling us how they preferred coming here because we took the time to give them customer service. Another element that hurts is we have two adults from The Able Network (an Aurora-based organization giving work opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities) – Adam and Gemma, and Adam has been with us close to 15 years now – and this is where they come to work. This was part of their life. They are looking forward to coming back. This was part of their lives, too, and they are part of our family. It is a chain-reaction for so many, including our staff who have been with us 20 years or so. There have been so many sleepless nights because that is all we talk about and think of.” Added Raz: “We’re not giving up. We’re just thinking, ‘What’s next?’” Omar’s Shoes is planning to have a closing sale as soon as health restrictions allow. Brock Weir, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Auroran
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Israeli ground forces began launching attacks on Gaza in a widening of hostilities as Israel braced for more internal strife between its Arab and Jewish citizens following Friday prayers. The Israeli military said air and ground forces were firing at the Hamas-run enclave, though it does not appear to mean the start of a ground invasion, with Sky News witnessing troops launching artillery and tank rounds from Israel's side of the border. "I said we would extract a very heavy price from Hamas," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a videotaped statement.
Mayors from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area are calling on the Province for greater “predictability” when it comes to Ontario’s current stay-at-home orders. The current stay-at-home orders are now extended through June 2, but lawmakers began the week seeking more answers from the Ontario government. “Today, Mayors and Chairs from the 11 largest municipal governments across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) held their regular weekly meeting to discuss the ongoing response to COVID-19 across the Region,” they said. “The GTHA Mayors and Chairs are asking the Province to provide predictability for the current Provincial stay-at-home order and what is to follow. As the Victoria Day long weekend approaches, people and businesses have begin to ask perfectly reasonable questions as to where things will stand as of that time, so they can make plans of all kinds – business and pleasure. “Accordingly, we think it is important that the Ontario government communicate clearly and as soon as possible whether or not its order will be extended further or modified based on public health advice.” The uncertainty of when the stay-at-home order will be lifted – and, indeed, what will follow – is not the only question being asked of the Provinces. Calls are growing louder from municipal lawmakers – particularly Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown – to allow outdoor sports and athletic activities to re-open, citing lack of evidence that these outdoor pursuits are contributing to the still-high case numbers of COVID-19. The Small Urban GTHA Mayors group consists of the Mayors of Aurora, Bradford West Gwillimbury, the Township of Brock, the City of Burlington, the Towns of East Gwillimbury, Halton Hills, King, Newmarket, Orangeville, the Townships of Scugog and Uxbridge, and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. The group met last week virtually with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 7 to raise concerns on the vaccine rollout, travel bans, the licensing of cannabis facilities and more. “It is only through open dialogue and communication with our Federal partners that municipalities can respond to concerns as a result of changes in legislation impacting our communities,” they said. “We are grateful to the Prime Minister and our Federal Members of Parliament for their continued partnership and support and look forward to continuing to work together in response to the issues raised today.” Brock Weir, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Auroran
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York Region residents born in 1981 or earlier are now eligible to register for their COVID-19 vaccinations. York Region Public Health set out their timelines on Friday just over a week after the Province stated that all Ontarians would be eligible to register for their shots by May 24. Starting this week, all eligible groups 40 years of age or older will be able to book their appointments, along with health care workers and individuals with at-risk health conditions. As of this Monday, May 17, the eligibility will drop to all York Region residents born in or before 1991. By the following Monday, May 24, all eligible age groups will be able to join the line. “We are starting to see the slowing of new COVID-19 cases in our communities, but we need to remain vigilant,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health, in a statement. “We are at a critical juncture in our fight against COVID-19 and variants of concern. The sooner we can get as many York Region residents vaccinated as possible, the sooner we can look to reopen our businesses and our schools and return to a way of life many of us are missing.” The timelines announced Friday are in line with what the Province previously announced, but the Region has left the door open to these timelines shifting as vaccine supply dictates. “Should York Region receive additional vaccine supply, every effort will be made to further advance vaccinations and open eligibility sooner,” said the Region. As of Friday, more than 478,000 York Region residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, equating to “approximately” 49 per cent of total eligible residents. The Region’s last expansion of eligibility requirements took place May 5 when appointments were opened to residents 50+, individuals aged 18+ in 16 high priority areas, and people who can’t work from home. Other recently-added eligible groups include licenced child-care staff and special education staff who live and work in York Region (with appropriate documentation). Criteria for individuals with highest and high-risk health conditions (and one essential caregiver) were expanded to include pregnant individuals, while registration was opened to staff, essential caregivers and any residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, congregate care settings, and First Nations elder care homes who hadn’t yet received a first dose. Vaccinations can be booked at York.ca/covid19vaccine or through local pharmacies selected to distribute vaccines. Although the Province is currently spearheading a pilot project distributing the Pfizer vaccine in select pharmacies in Toronto and Peel, and Moderna in select pharmacies in York, Durham, Hamilton, Ottawa and Windsor, Aurora’s 11 participating drug stores were distributing AstraZeneca until the Province announced Thursday it was suspending first doses of AstraZeneca out of an abundance of caution. POSITIVE MILESTONE York Region passed the 50 per cent mark in reaching all eligible adults with their first doses, the local public health unit announced Sunday. That milestone was passed just as the Region’s 500,000th dose was administered. “This milestone is a testament to the dedication of many individuals and partners who continue to advance York Region’s mass immunization plan forward as quickly as vaccine supply allows,” they said. “York Region is grateful for the significant contributions made by York Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, hospital partners, physician and partner-led clinics and many more. We are making big gains in our community, and as eligibility continues to expand, we look forward to more vaccines and more great progress. “We need a large percentage of the population to become immune to COVID-19 to really slow the spread of the virus. Achieving high levels of immunity through vaccination is our best approach for allowing individuals, families and businesses to safely resume normal life.” LOCAL STATS As of Monday, May 10, Aurora has seen a total of 1,716 total cases of COVID-19. 1,594 cases are now marked as resolved and there have been 45 deaths attributed to the virus. Of the 77 active cases of COVID-19 within the community, 73 are attributed to local transmission, close contact or unknown exposure, three to the workplace and 1 to institutional outbreak. 607 cumulative cases have been attributed to variants of concern with 566 of unknown lineage. Brock Weir, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Auroran
CALGARY — The Calgary Flames downed the visiting Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday in a battle of clubs trying to salvage positives from their seasons. Neither team will make the North Division playoffs, yet have three games remaining against each other as they play out the string. "We want to win the last three games, so that's how we approach it," Flames defenceman Rasmus Andersson said. Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk each had a goal and an assist for the Flames (24-26-3), who could still finish above .500 if they win out. Andersson and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves for the win. "I think that's his 20th win so that's pretty good for a team that's not making the playoffs," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said. Matthew Highmore scored for Vancouver (21-28-3) with Thatcher Demko turning away 24 shots in the loss. "Obviously don't like the result but we had a lot of chances tonight," Canucks defenceman Tyler Myers said. "I thought we played a much better game than just one goal out there. Marky was really good, but I thought the guys played a pretty good game overall tonight. "I love the way we're still battling even though we're out of it. We're still taking a lot of pride in these last few games." The Flames were tied for fifth in the division with the Ottawa Senators, whose season is over. The Canucks were six points back in the division cellar. Calgary and Vancouver meet three more times starting Sunday at the same time NHL playoff series get underway. Calgary and Vancouver are making up games lost when COVID-19 swept through the Canucks and suspended their season for three weeks. The Flames and Canucks cap their seasons Wednesday on the same day the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets open their first-round playoff series. Sutter indicated there will be lineup changes over Calgary's final three games. "I'm going to put some other guys in the line up and give them an opportunity and put them in back-to-back games and make sure they play the right way and go from there," Sutter said. The Canucks also play in Edmonton on Saturday in the Oilers' regular-season finale. Calgary leads the season series against Vancouver 5-2. Calgary scored once on four power-play chances Thursday, while Vancouver went 0 for 1. Tkachuk was credited with a Canucks own-goal at 16:37 of the third period. J.T. Miller reached to redirect the puck and ended up chipping it over Demko's shoulder. Vancouver's Jimmy Vesey took a double minor for unsportsmanlike conduct with four minutes remaining in the game. Lindholm scored on a breakaway at 15:33. Defenceman Chris Tanev head-manned the puck to Tkachuk, who chipped it to a streaking Lindholm. A diving Demko robbed defenceman Oliver Kylington with a glove save on a Flames odd-man rush in a scoreless second period. Mangiapane tipped a Nikita Nesterov shot from the blue-line off the post and in at 5:17 of the first period for a 2-1 Flames lead. From behind the goal-line, Gaudreau dished the puck out front for Andersson to roof at 3:36. Highmore scored his first as a Canuck on Vancouver's first shot of the game 62 seconds after the opening faceoff. The 25-year-old from Halifax tipped a Travis Hamonic shot by Markstrom. Notes: Gaudreau has six goals and 11 assists in his last 13 games . . . Vancouver's Brock Boeser has four goals and six assists in his last 10 . . . Calgary was without top centre Sean Monahan, whose season was shut down this week because of a hip injury requiring surgery . . . Tanev was an assistant captain in Monahan's absence . . . Mangiapane, Flames teammate Dillon Dube and Canucks goaltender Mike DiPietro will play for Canada at the men's world hockey championship in Riga, Latvia starting May 21. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press